I love when covers reveal something new in a familiar song which is what I was aiming for here. The Cars' "Drive" is iconic. But I've always felt that the glossy, synth-heavy, 80s production masked the darkness of the lyrics. (Which is probably how such a dark song became such a huge hit.) This is a song about the impossible strain that addiction places on relationships. I wanted to strip it back to the musical foundation, so lines like "who's gonna hold you down when you shake" would have nowhere to hide.
I JUST WANT TO BE HERE
"This song was my 20th anniversary gift to my wife. My goal was not to write a love song, but instead, a marriage song. Those two things are linked but not the same. This song celebrates the ups and downs of the journey of marriage. And if you’re one of the lucky ones, you wake up one day and realize, “I Just Want To Be Here."
CAN'T FIND THE OCEAN
"Can't Find the Ocean" is the first single and first official video from my upcoming album, "Spare Room." Written in airports, in the backs of taxis, and on long flights, this song is about the toll and dislocation of endless work travel. I have kept every boarding pass for every flight I have taken over the past 20 years in a box in my closet. Somewhere around the time I needed a second box to hold them all, I realized the flights were also taking me.
WHAT YOU GET
“What You Get” is the second single and official video from my upcoming, debut LP, “Spare Room.” This song is about navigating the world—from childhood through working life—with dyslexia. But actually, it’s about self-doubt, worrying you’re different, or not good enough, and ultimately, learning to slay your own demons. Enjoy. And if you do, please like, share, follow and subscribe below.
(KEEP MAR-A-LAGO) I WANT AMERICA BACK
In case the title din't tip you off, this is an anti-Donald Trump song. Which means 30% of you are probably already looking for the thumbs down button. That's ok. My goal with this song was not to try to convert anyone who disagrees with me. My goal was to create a sonic release valve for my unspeakable levels of frustration at the current state of things in America and to offer it up to those who do agree with me. The photos which serve as the foundation for this video were taken at The Women's March in New York and LA, the March for Our Lives in LA, and at various Black Lives Matter protests --all since Trump took office. It serves as a sad scrap book for the near constant (and necessary) state of protest we've been in for the past 3 1/2 years. I hope this song makes you to want to go vote even more than you already did.
TIMES THEY AREN'T CHANGING FAST ENOUGH
When Bob Dylan wrote the classic "Times They Are A'Changing," it felt like a declaration of victory for tolerance and progressive values. Listening to it today breaks your heart since we are still fighting many of the same battles, Using that song as a jumping off point, this song is about how far we haven't come. It's also about gathering the resolve to keep fighting for a more tolerant and just world.